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Icing on the cake beyond reach of City
Posted by Debbie Mosley
Apr 16, 2017, 09:26

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The hope of adding more silverware to the City trophy cabinet didn't materialise this week when both the City Ladies Development Team and the City Ladies First Team were unable to overcome Cambridge United Women Reserves and Cambridge United Women First Team, respectively, in local cup finals.

Cambridge Utd Women Res 6 : 0 Cambridge City Ladies Development
On Wednesday, at Ely FC, the Development Team were on the wrong end of a 6-0 score line in the Cambs Women's Junior Invitation Cup Final.

Even though United Reserves are from a higher league, the form that the Development Team have been in this year - in winning their league and promotion so convincingly - suggested that it would be a closer game. Unfortunately though, City had saved their most under powered performance of the season for this encounter with United. Yes, it provided experience for the new, young City side, but still they felt the hurt of not delivering what they know they are capable of.

Cambridge Utd Women 1st Team 5 : 1 Cambridge City Ladies 1st Team
On Thursday, at Histon FC, it was the turn of the City Ladies First Team, who faced Cambridge United Women First Team in the Cambs Women's Invitation Cup Final.

Two leagues currently separate these two clubs - though for much of the game the gap was not overly evident. United started the brightest and were the quickest out of the blocks and it was these first 10 minutes that were to have a major impact on the outcome of the game. City conceded two 'easy' goals during this period and although it kick started their game, the damage had already been done. From this point on, City had to chase the game, but they still appeared an equal match for United and it made for an entertaining encounter.

Unfortunately, City were dealt another blow just before half time when they conceded again, making it an uphill task at three nil. Not the best tonic for the interval.

On 58 minutes a lifeline was thrown to City when right winger Charlotte Gillies scored the goal of the game. Having received the ball just over the half way line and having beaten her defender, she made for the edge of the box where she pulled the trigger! The ball beat the diving keeper and flew into the top right hand corner of the net.

The second half remained very competitive with good football from both sides. In places, United moved the ball about well and looked like a team that you would expect, given the number of experienced individuals they have recently brought in, including a player with previous international experience.

With City now hungry for a result, they committed more players pushing forward. Unfortunately for City, it was during this phase that United got their fourth goal and just on the stroke of full time they added their fifth, which produced a final score line that didn't really reflect the game as a whole......but that's football.

If City hadn't conceded so early on and if two pretty convincing penalty appeals had gone their way, then the result may, just may, have been different. Perhaps the scalp of their local rivals was just too big an ask for this season, especially when you consider that this is City's first year together and with an average age so young. Next season perhaps a different story!

Great support for City at both finals - thank you.

Congratulations to both Cambridge United Women Reserves and Cambridge United Women First Team on your successes in the finals.

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